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But the shock waves from this random act of twenty-first-century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. Welcome to the world of The Dervish House — the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey.
The year is and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union, a Europe that now runs from the Arran Islands to Ararat. Population pushing one hundred million, Istanbul swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the EU, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. It's a boom economy, the sweatshop of Europe, the bazaar of central Asia, the key to the immense gas wealth of Russia and central Asia.
The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, three interconnected story strands, one central common core—the eponymous dervish house, a character in itself—that pins all these players together in a weave of intrigue, conflict, drama, and a ticking clock of a thriller. The Dervish House appealed because of its cover and its setting. I can agree with this. As a first time reader, especially one who is learning her SF, I was genuinely surprised by how accessible this novel is. Admittedly, there were a few things I had to Google and some terminology seemed unclear to me, but it in no way detracts from the pure luxurious enjoyment of the prose, the setting, the characters.
And let's not forget about the lavish descriptions of Istanbul itself. We see all of Istanbul's faces — the once grand city at the crossroads between East and West, the still grand city that is now part of Europe. But we also see the poverty, we can feel the oppressive heat baking down on us, the dust of too many feet on old streets caught in our throats. The city is alive, vibrant, dangerous, beautiful and mysterious with many faces for its inhabitants.
This Istanbul of the near future is a place I felt comfortable with. Both the culture and technology being new to me, Mcdonald's highly intelligent narrative unfolds both time and place brilliantly. The eponymous Dervish House holds within its confines the lives of six people. We follow these individuals over a period of time, from the Monday to the Friday of a single week. It is easy to suppose such a structure might make for dull reading - it was my initial thought - but McDonald is a writer of the very highest calibre, imbuing each character with such vividness and purpose they they absolutely command your attention.